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I was going tackle another barn wood box, but my creativity center said, "Nope, two in a row is enough."

So, instead, I decided to make a box from the Ambrosia Maple that I picked up a few days ago. The board had a nice pattern, so I cut the sides consecutively, so when I glued them together, the pattern continued all the way around the box.

I knew what piece I was going to use for the lid, but I didn't know I would get inspired to make an "artsy fartsy" handle. I went to the local business where I'd found the twisted wood (used as handles on my barn wood boxes) and asked them if I could look at the remaining tree for something I might use for a box handle. It got me a puzzled look, but they said, "Sure."

I'm pretty pleased with how the handle turned out.

The entire box is finished in spray-on, water-based poly (a product that is really growing on me!)

Instead of putting in a dowel frame to hold the lid, I decided instead to cut and then stain little square dowel columns in each corner that the lid rests on. They kinda blend in, but if you look in the interior corners, you can see them.

Boxes are kinda growing on me, though mine will probably always have a rustic feel.

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Fantastic all around but damn that handle really sets it off.
Great!
 

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Thank you… I went into the handle thinking, "this will either be a catastrophe or inspired."

Fantastic all around but damn that handle really sets it off.
Great!

- MrWolfe
 

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Lovely box. The wood is great. Not sure about te handle.
 

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Thanks… I guessed the handle wouldn't be to everyone's liking.

Lovely box. The wood is great. Not sure about te handle.

- 987Ron
 

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wow van steppin it up buddy !!!! i love it,and i love you dont get stagnant.your always trying new ideas,i love that. keep it going man.
 

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I LOVE your style and sense of design with the simple square box. Loudly understated beauty. Nice handle too.
 

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That handle is pretty cool. When I first saw the photo before reading, I thought you'd ventured into blacksmithing. Nice upgrade with the posts in the corners rather than the rails.
 

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Thanks, Pottz! Yeah, I find if I repeat a design or work with the same kind of wood, I get bored.

wow van steppin it up buddy !!!! i love it,and i love you dont get stagnant.your always trying new ideas,i love that. keep it going man.

- pottz
 

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Hey… thanks so much for the encouraging words!

I LOVE your style and sense of design with the simple square box. Loudly understated beauty. Nice handle too.

- mmh
 

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Thanks all around! My neighbor thought the handle was metal too!

That handle is pretty cool. When I first saw the photo before reading, I thought you d ventured into blacksmithing. Nice upgrade with the posts in the corners rather than the rails.

- swirt
 

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Great job on the grain wrap Van, and the small post for the lid support works nicely. The handle is neat, almost looks like a couple of spiders fighting. It's art that you ate making, and we all see something different.
 

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I also thought the handle was metal at first. I think it is really cool looking, and original.

Is your "creativity center" an interior monologue type thing, or your wife?
 

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Nice job. Love the handle.
 
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